My Hair routine is definitely one of the topic that I get asked about the most. So I thought I’d put together a post to walk you through my transformation from brune to blonde with the leader of high-class French « Haute Coiffure » : Mario Lopes.
Brune To Blonde with Mario Lopes
It all started last September, when I first became acquainted with Mario Lopes and his amazing team of talented hair stylists. When we first met, he asked me what I wanted and I quickly explained my fail attempts to get what I really wanted and how I knew it would be quite difficult to achieve my dream hair goal. I’ve always wanted to get lighter shades ever since high school, but with brune, dry, curly hair I somehow came to accept it would be impossible.
What I immediately appreciated was that he took the time to explain me what was possible, what wasn’t according to my face and hair type. I will always remember how he told me I would need frozen shades instead of golden ones. Otherwise I would end up falling into the cliché of the “Mediterranean brunette with a shady yellow/orange ombré”… From that moment I knew we were on the same page and that I was in safe hands!
#ClassyAdvice: it’s better to have someone honest telling you NO than an amateur experimenting on you only to get the money.
After 4 or 5 hours of working on my hair, the result was absolutely breathtaking and some tears even passed me by. It really exceeded my expectations and I felt an infinite gratefulness for what Mario’s team and him managed to accomplish. Ever since that appointment, Mario and his team always had my complete trust.
He is in my opinion the best in the business and a genius when it comes to colour. On another note, you should know Mario was awarded The HairDressing Award trophy 2 times as well as one trophy for his Colourist skills. It definitely comforts you when you are trying a new hair salon.
My Go-To Hair Care Routine
After this change, I knew I would have to be more cautious than ever with my hair care routine.
Even though I went from brune to blonde without any transition process, my hair never got damaged or more dry than they naturally are.
In order to maintain the marvelous work he has done on my hair, I only use 5 products twice a week. I’ve been using them for months now and until I find better I intend to stick with those!
MARIA NILA OBSESSION
I really think you can call it an obsession, I have never used any better products and never been more satisfied. Just before Maria Nila I would only swear by Bumble & Bumble (I still do) but her brand is on another level.
My favorite range is HEAL and it’s the best I’ve ever used especially if you have dry hair.
It’s an anti–inflammatory and hair growth stimulating haircare range. It contains Piroctone Olamine and natural Aloe Vera extract that treat and prevent dandruff. It’s also enriched with Vitamin E, Apigenin and peptides which stimulate hair follicles to increase hair growth. Lastly, Oleanolic acid that prevents hair loss.
What I’ve noticed and made me love this brand forever was that after the first time I used the whole range (Shampoo, then Conditioner then Mask), I didn’t had to detangle my hair for the first time ever! If you have curly hair you all know the nightmare I’m talking about… Well, pinky promise this range is a miracle! You will also notice that you hair will feel as soft as silk.
My second favorite range is SILVER mainly because it smells delicious and it helps me keep that polar blond shades forever.
Shampoo: A sulphate and paraben free shampoo for blonde hair with violet pigment and blackberry extract that neutralises golden shades in blonde hair, brings shine and strength to the hair structure. Colour Guard Complex protect hair and reduce the colour loss associated with washing, heat styling, UV rays and free radicals.
Conditioner: A detangling conditioner for blonde hair that softens, moisturizes and strengthens the hair structure. Violet pigment and blackberry extract neutralises golden shades in blonde hair, brings shine and strength to the hair structure. Colour Guard Complex protect hair and reduce the colour loss associated with washing, heat styling, UV rays and free radicals.
Mask: A gentle treatment for blonde hair that moisturizes nourishes and gives a silky soft result. Blackberry extract brings shine and lustre to the hair. Colour Guard Complex protect hair and reduce the colour loss associated with washing, heat styling, UV rays and free radicals.
Bonus: I’ve been really satisfied with Maria Nila’s Colour Refresh Nourishing masque Pearl Silver 0.20. Indeed, its color pigment quickly helped me get rid of yellow shades after the first use! It supposed to stay for up to 10 washes but I’ve noticed it stays longer if you use the Silver range regularly.
Disclaimer: All of Maria Nila’s products are 100% Vegan – Cruelty Free – Sulphate and Paraben Free. How cool is this?
BUMBLE & BUMBLE
Those are my absolute MUST HAVE!
Let’s start with Save the Day: it’s a highly restorative daytime protective Repair Fluid. The concentrate is infused with Camelia Oil which always leaves my hair with a delicate floral smell I adore! The UV filters help repair and protect your hair so you have the insurance of always getting soft and healthy looking hair!
It’s for fine to thick // straight to curly // color treated, dry and/or damaged hair!
I use it immediately after washing my hair and leave it or just before blow drying them.
Whenever I feel like my hair are not are their best, more dry than usual for example, I will use the While You Sleep Repair Masque at bedtime. I then usually have a shower the next morning and can immediately appreciate the results!
It’s an overnight treatment to help reverse the appearance of damaged hair. The masque is infused with Evening Primrose to help repair and fortify against future damage.
Just like the Repair Fluid it’s perfect for all kind of hair.
Mario Lopes has two salons in Paris, one is led by him in the 16ème arrondissement, the other by his daughter in the 8ème arrondissement.